nonfiction november 2014Oh, November, You’ve gone so quickly. I’m sad about that, since talking about nonfiction all month has been so fun. The host for our final week of Nonfiction November is Katie (Doing Dewey). The purpose of this week is to look back on the month and share some of the books that caught your attention:

New to My TBR: It’s been a month full of amazing nonfiction books! Which ones have made it onto your TBR? Be sure to link back to the original blogger who posted about that book!

Even though I’ve been awfully slow to leave comments on all of the posts, I’ve really tried to read all of them. As I read and jotted down books that sounded interesting, I notice two things — there were a ton of books I have on my shelves that I just haven’t read it, and a ton of books I hadn’t even heard of. Here’s are five of each.

Five Books Already on My Shelves

Five Books Added to My Shelves

There are many, many more books that caught my attention that I could have included, but that’s what I’ve got. I’ll definitely be revisiting the wrap-up posts for each week when I need more recommendations!

One last reminder that our Nonfiction November Twitter hashtag is #nonficnov. The conversation there is awesome.

Finally, a huge thank you to my co-hosts: Leslie (Regular Rumination), Katie (Doing Dewey) and Rebecca (I’m Lost In Books). This month would not have happened without their hard work and enthusiasm. I don’t think Leslie and I could have manged it ourselves this year, so I am so grateful that Katie and Becca joined us. Check back for a wrap-up for this week from Katie.

And thanks to all of you who have participated this month. I can’t believe how much it grew from last year, and how many different people participated. It’s been so much fun.


currently november 23 2014

Time and Place | About 8:30 a.m. at my desk, nothing special here.

Eating and Drinking |  Black tea.

Reading | I had another slow reading week. I finished Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand yesterday morning, but that’s it. I haven’t decided what I want to read next, but I got several good choices in the mail this week: The Unspeakable by Meghan Daum (part of Bex’s Nonfiction Book Swap), Grim Legacies by Jack Zipes (from Princeton University Press), The Lonely War by Nazila Fathi (from Basic Books) and The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber (the November Riot Read). And there are still a bunch of books on my Nonfiction November reading list that I haven’t read yet… so many choices!

Watching | I’m still working my way through Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries on Netflix. I’m going to be sad when I’m caught up with all of the available episodes. We also went to see Mockingjay: Part I last night — I really enjoyed it! I don’t think they needed to make the book into two movies, but I liked the stuff they added to flesh this one out and where they chose to break the book.

Listening | I’m going to try to start listening to Serial, a true crime podcast that everyone seems to be raving about. It seems like something that’ll be right up my alley.

Making | I worked on a couple of crochet cowls this week. I don’t have any finished pictures — no willing models — but I’ll try to get some up in a week or two.

Cooking | I’m in charge of bringing rolls and condiments (pickles and olives) to Thanksgiving dinner this week. I’m thinking about making these Sweet Potato Biscuits as an experiment.

Blogging | This week I shared some thoughts on diversity in nonfiction as part of Nonfiction November. I also put up a post on The Restless Sleep by Stacy Horn, one of our Nonfiction November readalongs. Work was crazy again this week, so I’m woefully behind on comments… that’s my project for this afternoon.

Promoting | Rebecca (I’m Lost in Books) was the host for this week of Nonfiction November, a discussion of diversity and nonfiction. Her wrap up has a ton of great posts to click though. Katie (Doing Dewey) will be the host for our final week, so make sure to check out her blog tomorrow.

Hating/Loving | I got new glasses this week, which was good and bad. I had a terrible headache the first day I wore them, but it’s better now. I’m not a person who likes to change things, so they’ve taken some getting used to… but I think I love them.

Life Hacking | When I got home from work on Friday I spent about an hour cleaning our house (doing the dishes, sorting laundry, picking up clutter in the living room, clearing off the top of my dresser) before we went out with some friends. I’ve done this Friday evening tidy up for about a month now and I absolutely love it. It’s awesome waking up on Saturday morning and not having to immediately start in on chores.

Wanting | After 11 days where the temperature didn’t get above freezing (horrible), things warmed up this weekend. We’re going to hit 40 degrees today! I want it to stay this warm, but I don’t think that will happen.

Anticipating | I’m so excited to spend Thanksgiving with my family! The boyfriend and I are leaving Wednesday after work and staying with my parents until Sunday. It’s going to be wonderful.

Happy Sunday! What are you reading today?

Updated to Add | I almost forgot! A post I wrote for Book Riot was shared by Reading Rainbow — a personal highlight of the week.


Readalong: ‘The Restless Sleep’ by Stacy Horn

November 19, 2014 Book Review

I hate starting out blog posts with apologies, but this tweet from Andi (Estella’s Revenge) pretty much sums up life over the last couple of weeks: Why did the “I’m too busy to breathe” slumps have to hit during #nonficnov? — Andi Miller (@estellasrevenge) November 17, 2014 I had high hopes for a thoughtful, nuanced […]

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Nonfiction November: Diversity and Nonfiction

November 17, 2014 Communities

It feels like November is just flying by. I can’t believe it’s already the third week of the month. Next week will be Thanksgiving and the week after that it’s already December. Craziness. The host for week three of Nonfiction November is Rebecca (I’m Lost In Books), who suggested we look at a topic that […]

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Currently | The Week I Barely Got Through

November 16, 2014 Currently

Briefly | This week has been… a lot. Between work and the weather, it was one of those weeks I just feel lucky to have gotten through. Everything in my life is behind right now, so apologies for neglecting comments and missing out on most of the second week of Nonfiction November. I’m hoping this week will be better. […]

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‘Lives in Ruins’ and the Secret Worlds of Archaeologists

November 12, 2014 Book Review

The first archaeologist that comes to mind for me is Indiana Jones. The second is Amelia Peabody, the quirky Egyptologist made famous by author Elizabeth Peters. While there are some nuggets of truth about what it means to be an archaeologist in both of those pop culture portrayals, the real lives of the people who […]

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Nonfiction November: Become the Expert (on Football)

November 10, 2014 Communities

Hooray, it’s the second week of Nonfiction November! Your official host this week is Leslie (Regular Rumination), so make sure to link up your posts on her blog. Our topic this week is a repeat from last year and was probably my personal favorite week: Be The Expert/Ask the Expert/Become the Expert: Three ways to […]

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Currently | Winter is Coming

November 9, 2014 Currently

Time and Place | 9 a.m. at my desk Eating and Drinking |  Black tea and a donut (ok… two donuts) Reading | This week was really hectic, mostly because of work and election coverage. After I finished The Underground Girls of Kabul by Jenny Nordberg, I had a hard time settling into my next read — especially when I only […]

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Nonfiction November Week 1 Wrap Up

November 7, 2014 Communities

Guys. Guys! We had 54 posts linked up for our first week of Nonfiction November. That is just so cool. I love that there are so many people jazzed about talking about nonfiction. Thank you! One of the common themes I saw among the posts is that people didn’t feel like they were reading enough nonfiction. […]

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Do Zombies Dream of Undead Sheep? (And Other Pressing Questions)

November 5, 2014 Book Review

Last fall, I indulged my occasional soft spot for quirky young adult stories with Warm Bodies, a contemporary retelling of Romeo and Juliet via the love story between a zombie and a human. (SPOILER ALERT) Inexplicably, the love between human Julie and zombie R manages to reverse whatever virus caused the mass zombification in the first […]

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